The Sun-Day Forecast 1/25/10

Hope that everyone is having a great start to the spring semester! When you feel like you need a break as the classwork picks up, you should check out these events around campus this week:

Student Org Night

Feel like you could be getting more out of your college experience? All the Student Ambassadors would be happy to brag about JMU’s 300+ organizations on campus. There’s sure to be something out there thats just right for you (….like UPB’s PIT Crew) so come out to Festival tonight from 7 to 9 PM to get more info about getting involved.

How To Series: Me Fit

So it’s been a little over three weeks since we all set aside goals that we promised ourselves that we’d actually follow through with this year. Despite the good intentions, the crowds at the gym are thinning and more of us cave to the food cravings every day. UPB’s here to help. We have Heather Driver from Student Wellness and Outreach talking about losing weight in healthy ways.

Ski Spree

Looking to show off your skills on the Massanutten slopes? Sign up with UREC to ski Thursday nights from 4:30 to 10:30 PM this winter at a special discount.

Fiesta Night

Get excited for our Fiesta Night! You have another chance to learn how to salsa dance from the Latin Dance Club in TDU this Friday from 10 PM to 1 AM.

This week at Grafton

7:00 Paranormal Activity – “After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban ‘starter’ tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.” (from Paramount Pictures)

9:30 The Box – “Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world; someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.” (from Warner Bros. Pictures)

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For The Love of The Unhealthy

Love is a strange and unexplainable thing. The common problem? We fall in love with the things that are all wrong for us. We are out of control, and logically we may see the error of our ways but by the time the error has been made, it doesn’t matter anymore…we’re hopeless. Many wonder, is there any way to control this?

Now I’m not saying we have a cure for love. For the typical girl-likes-bad-boy or boy-falls-for-the-taken-girl scenarios, we’re all out of luck (however, if you find a solution please feel free to share). But the UPB is taking the steps to take care of another problem: the love for the unhealthy lifestyle.

So for those of you who are struggling to keep a New Year’s resolution to work out or for all who struggle with the tempting nationally ranked campus food, How to: Stay Fit in 2010 is here for you. Come out to Taylor 402 at 6:00pm on January 26th and begin your quest for a healthier lifestyle or maybe just re-motivate yourself for the months to come. Who knows, maybe you’ll even meet a cute guy or gal there.

– Amanda Latham

How To: Avoid Maxing Out Credit Cards and Jeans

During my winter break, I spent the duration of my vacation at my grandparents’ house. Here, I like to think that I spent most of my stay forming closer bonds with not-so-immediate family and taking time for some rest and relaxation. However, I have to face the facts. I really spent a large chunk of my trip over-spending on holiday gifts and consuming 15 times the recommended amount of Christmas sweets. Sure, at the time it seemed like a great idea to have a lemon-bar eating contest with Uncle Scott and spend a year’s salary on presents for my 18 cousins’ gifts (and nearly max our my credit card in the process).

Now I see these may have not been the smartest decisions, considering I’m going to have to take out a loan to buy ice-cream–not that I need it, considering I have maxed out my jeans along with the card. Spending was not the only guilty pleasure that I indulged in. Currently, I find myself returning as a student with more unneeded financial challenges and now, thanks to these home-cooked pastries, there is just more of me in general.

Thankfully, UPB has come to the rescue and will be starting a new “How To:” series. These events will help students (like me) learn how to do things that will benefit their future. The first event, “How To Finance for the Future: Dodge Your Debt,” will take place in Taylor 402 at 6:00pm on January 19. The second, “Me Fit” shows how to keep the common new year’s resolution of a healthy lifestyle and will occur in Taylor 402 at 6:00pm on January 26. I’m sure many of you found some burdens similar to mine this holiday season and I highly encourage you to join me at these events. I’m thinking these actions will help me figure out how to keep from being so naughty next holiday season.

– Natalie